With more than 30 years of history, Universidad Andrés Bello is recognized as one of the most important universities in the country. At the undergraduate and graduate level, it is the university with the most enrolled students in Chile, with a presence in the country’s three main cities. In addition, it is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the four Chilean universities with the highest scientific production, conducting excellent research in all disciplinary areas.
Since its founding in 1988, it has been oriented towards excellence and fulfilling its mission and purposes, which guide the institution’s management and development.
Its seal of excellence and pluralistic, secular, and inclusive orientation are differentiating elements that help graduates succeed and stand out in the work environment.
UNAB was one of the first private universities to voluntarily adhere to the nascent Chilean accreditation system. It was later the first non-traditional private university to accredit its research quality.
In addition, it was the second university in Chile to obtain institutional accreditation from the prestigious US-based Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), being also the only Chilean university to offer a certificate program for people with special needs derived from cognitive or learning disabilities.
Its inclusive vocation made it a pioneer in creating special programs for working adults. These programs are offered in blended learning and online modalities and provide access to quality training to students who otherwise could not access traditional training due to their time and schedule requirements.
The university considers community outreach as a central element of its development, being the Chilean headquarters of the United Nations Global Compact network and being one of the founding entities of the Sustainable Campus Network. With outreach and research as part of its hallmark and purpose, the University pioneered research institutes and centers early in its history.
Thus, in 1993, the University launched its Marine Research Center in Quintay (Cimarq), a center recognized today for its contributions in aquaculture and the conservation of marine resources at the national level and as an example of joint work between the University and the community.